American Politics DC Winter Seminar Day 5: Donuts with Daddy

As if we need introductions, I’m Abe. Got it? Good. Now, let’s move on.

We got donuts today. That was really the highlight, but let’s review (this will be on the quiz):

We started the morning at Public Citizen with Amit Narang. Mr. Narang talked to us about Public Citizen’s role in protecting the public by pushing for regulations. Mr. Narang seemed like a good guy and provided a very interesting contrast to most of the other interest group speakers.

From there, we wandered over to the Brookings Institute for lunch, which we brought right back over to the DC Center next-door to have a lunch meeting with John Pence. Yes, I said Pence, as in Mike Pence. Well, I guess it wasn’t exactly Mike Pence, our illustrious Vice President, but his nephew, a Milliam and Wary Alumni. Mr. Pence is the deputy executive director of the Trump 2020 Campaign for reelection, “Keep America Great Again” (it just doesn’t have the same ring to it). Pence then went around and took about fifty questions, around half of which were about his girlfriend for some reason.

Towards the middle of the lunch, our loyal servant boy Teacher’s Assistant, Luke, brought us some of those leaved flour rings that for some reason we consider the kernel of a fruit with a hard outer shell (a donut, or doughnut, if you’re one of those fancy-pants English majors… it’s late, alright?).

After consuming the sadly-not-freshly-glazed scrumptious morsels, we wrapped up with Mr. Pence and moved upstairs for our next speakers: Former Representatives Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Chet Edwards (D-TX). The two seemed to be old pals, getting along swimmingly. To paraphrase a girl in my class: it was almost like they were our grandpas. We went around asking questions, them each digressing into long, anecdotal anecdotes for every question. They were great.

Dan & Chet: The Odd Couple (I cannot stand that Chet is out of focus so badly)

Chet had to leave early for a dental appointment, but Dan stayed. I spent the rest of the time trying to get a shot of him looking me dead in the lens, but failed to do so.

After that, we all wrapped up and headed back.

So, it’s with this fantastic video I leave you:

Sending My Memes,

The Reverend Vice President “Daddy” Abe

(No, seriously, I’m ordained)

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